Message for Students and Educators Affected by COVID-19

The Bates Office of Admission wishes all those affected by recent natural disasters and extenuating circumstances — including the COVID-19 public health situation, strikes, hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding, and wildfires — a quick and safe recovery as you return to school and work. We know that many students’ and educators’ personal and academic lives have been disrupted by the events, and we want to work with you to ease the pressures to the college search and application process.

We have compiled the answers to several frequently asked questions below. If you have any further questions, please contact either your regional representative or the Office of Admission at 207.786.6000 or admission@bates.edu.

If your family’s financial situation has been affected by a natural disaster and you have questions about the financial aid process or deadlines, please contact Student Financial Services at 207-786-6096 or finaid@bates.edu to discuss your situation.

All the best,
Bates Admission Staff

Visiting Campus

When will tours, info sessions, and interviews on campus resume?

Bates has activated its emergency team, which continues to closely monitor the situation and to coordinate the college’s response to the COVID-19 public health situation. At this time, it has not been established when admission activities will resume. Our website will contain the most recent information as it pertains to visiting and admission activities during this time. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to campus when possible.

If you would like to stay current on Bates’ response to COVID-19, please refer to the college’s dedicated website addressing this matter.

Will the Bates Office of Admission be open at all?

In an effort to ensure the health and safety of our community and visitors, the Office of Admission is closed to any visitors. We ask you not to visit campus at this time, but rather, encourage you to visit when our campus is fully reopened and when we are able to provide a more robust experience.

We remain available via admission@bates.edu and 207.786.6000 between 9am – 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Admitted Students

If I can’t visit campus, how can I learn more about Bates before I decide to enroll?

While we are unable to welcome you to campus at this time, we are still looking forward to meeting you and your family! We are developing opportunities to recreate the connection and excitement of on-campus programming virtually. Please stay tuned to Bringing Bates to You, through your email, and via the Bates Class of 2024 Facebook page for evolving updates.

In the meantime, you can connect with us from anywhere! Tour our campus virtually. Connect with your regional admission representative via phone or email. Get in touch with a current student. See what a day in the Bates life is really like by following our YouTube channel, joining The Conversation, following our Snapchat, or exploring our other social channels!

Paying the enrollment deposit is a hardship for me. What can I do?

If you have any concerns about paying your enrollment deposit, please email Jared Rivers, Senior Associate Dean of Admission and Director of Diversity Enrollment, at jrivers@bates.edu

Will Bates move its May 1 enrollment deadline?

While our enrollment deadline is May 1, we are happy to work with students individually who may need extra time given the extenuating circumstances in which we all find ourselves. If you wish to request a later enrollment deadline, please email Darryl Uy, Director of Admission, at duy@bates.edu.

Will Bates move its May 1 gap year request deadline?

Given many uncertainties caused by COVID-19, we will continue to review gap year requests on a case-by-base basis after our May 1 enrollment deposit deadline. In addition, a semester deferral to enroll at Bates in January 2021 will be considered on a case-by-case basis for students for whom fall enrollment is not an option due to certain restrictions.*

Gap year requests are typically approved as long as you are not planning to enroll as a full-time, degree-seeking student at another institution. If you have any questions or wish to request a gap year, please email Darryl Uy, Director of Admission, at duy@bates.edu. Learn more about taking a gap year on our website!

*Please see our June 2020 Gap Year Update

When I applied, I wanted my test scores to be considered, but I self-reported my scores. Do I still need to request an official score report to be sent to Bates?

Bates remains proudly committed to our test optional policy, but for applicants who submitted self-reported scores, please note that official test scores will be required upon enrollment.

Please have your official scores sent to Bates Admission by Friday, April 17. Official scores can be submitted the following ways:

  • Sent directly from the testing agency (SAT or ACT). Bates’ testing codes are 3076 (SAT) and 1634 (ACT)
  • Sent by your high school counselor via email (admission@bates.edu), fax (207.786.6025), or mail (23 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240)
  • Sent by your high school via official transcript

Please note that we cannot accept a screenshot of your scores as official results. All official test scores will be used for institutional research purposes only. Any discrepancies from self-reported test scores may result in rescinding our offer of admission.

My high school is switching to P/F grades for the remainder of the year. Will this affect my admission offer?

No. We recognize that many schools are enacting different or new grading policies as they transition to virtual learning, and your admission to Bates College will not be effected by these changes.

Will Bates accept my AP, IB, and/or A-level scores from this year?

Bates will continue to accept AP, IB, and A-level transfer credit as outlined in our non-Bates transfer credit policy.

Will Bates review my financial award, given the recent economic impact of COVID-19?

Bates is committed to meeting 100 percent of students’ demonstrated financial need and accepts requests of reconsideration of a family’s contribution due to significant changes. Please note that documentation supporting these changes is often required. We encourage you to reach out to your Student Financial Services representative or to finaid@bates.edu.

I am an international student. How do I apply for a Visa Certificate of Eligibility (I-20)?

Please see our web page dedicated to the I-20 application process.

Prospective Students

How can I learn about Bates virtually?

Take our virtual tour from anywhere! Join our mailing list to receive periodic updates and information regarding Bates. Connect with your regional admission representative, a current student, or the larger Bates community in The Conversation!

While the office is closed to visitors, who can answer my questions about Bates?

We encourage you to reach out to your regional admission representative! You may also reach us at admission@bates.edu or 207.786.6000 between 9:00am – 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Dates for upcoming standardized tests have been cancelled. Will Bates be flexible about testing when I apply?

Application files are reviewed over several months, so the sooner you can get your scores to us, the better. That being said, we will make sure to update your file with your scores even if they come in after the application deadline. In addition to official test scores, we accept self-reported scores. Further details on score submission can be found on our website.

As a reminder, Bates has been test optional since 1984, and maintains that testing is not reflective of each applicant’s future success at Bates. We firmly believe in our policy and respect each student’s choice regarding the submission of test scores.

My high school is switching to Pass/Fail grades for the remainder of the year. Will this affect how Bates evaluates my application?

Our holistic review process allows to consider the “whole” applicant within the context of an applicant’s high school, and includes several metrics of academic performance. The Office of Admission regularly evaluates academic transcripts that utilize a multitude of grading scales, including the Pass/Fail model. While many schools are enacting different or new grading policies as they transition to virtual learning this semester, our holistic review process will not penalize applicants for these changes.

I’m worried about financing my college education.

Bates is committed to meeting 100 percent of students’ demonstrated financial need through a combination of grant aid, student loans, and student employment. Bates awards approximately $34 million in grant aid each year, and about half of enrolled students receive financial aid. In fact, the average financial aid package for the Class of 2023 was $47,051, and the average federal student loan debt for the Class of 2019 was $13,552 — less than half the national average. Please visit our Financial Aid page for more information.